Nelson Bowman Sweitzer (1829 - 1898)

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Birthplace: Brownsville, PA, USA
Death: Died in DC, USA
Occupation: Military
Managed by: Fred Strauss
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About Nelson Bowman Sweitzer

Breveted Major, 1 July 1862, for gallant and meritorious service in the Peninsular Campaign in Virginia

Breveted Lieutenant Colonel, 19 September 1864, for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Winchester, Virginia

Breveted Colonel, 13 March 1865, for distinguished gallantry in the battles of Yellow Tavern and Meadow Bridge, Virginia

Breveted Brigadier General, U. S. Volunteers, 13 March 1865, for gallant and meritorious service during the war

Died 7 march 1898


Nelson Bowman Sweitzer, a West Pointer, who was an aide-de-camp to McClellan and, most famously, commander of the regiment that tracked down and killed John Wilkes Booth.

Nelson B. Sweitzer, as far as can be told, had little to do with the capture of Booth, however. Lieutenant Edward P. Doherty was assigned to lead a detachment of twenty-five men from the Sixteenth New York Cavalry for the special assignment. They tracked down Booth and David Herold to the barn on the Richard Garrett farm.



WASHINGTON, March 8, 1898 – General Nelson B. Sweitzer, United States Army, retired, died at Washington yesterday. He was a native of Pennsylvania and was graduated from West Point in the same class as McPherson, Schofield and Sheridan in the class of 1853.

During the war he served gallantly as a Colonel of New York Cavalry regiments and was brevetted five times for meritorious services in the peninsula campaign in Virginia.

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Brownsville, PA, USA
March 7, 1898
Age 69
Arlington, VA, USA